High School Students Get Serious about Spoken Word at Forensics Institute

Posted: July 18, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

There will be a whole lot of talking going on at Mason over the next two-and-a-half weeks.

Beginning July 19, gifted and talented high school students from 28 states will be on the Fairfax Campus for an intensive summer program that nurtures the spoken word: the George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF).

According to its director, Peter Pober, GMIF is the largest and most demographically diverse high school forensics workshop in the nation. Now in its third year, the institute teaches public speaking, extemporaneous speaking and literary interpretation skills. More than 140 students are expected this year.

“In addition to these incredible students,” says Pober, a communication professor who directs Mason’s award-winning Forensics Team, “51 faculty members from all across the nation will teach them the skills they need to succeed in competitive high school forensics.”

The students, who are coming from as far away as California and Oregon, will also benefit from Mason’s proximity to the nation’s capital. In past years, the fledgling speakers have seen performances at the Kennedy Center, sat in on National Press Club lectures and enjoyed the political satire of the comedy troupe the Capitol Steps.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, a closing showcase of the students’ work will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon. Pober extends an open invitation to all. “Feel free to come by even for just a few minutes. I am certain you will be impressed by these amazing students.”

For more information, see the GMIF web site.

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